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Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington d.c. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging. Solomon Northup was among a select few who were freed from slavery. His account describes the daily life of slaves in Louisiana, the relationship between master and slave, and how slave catchers used to recapture runaways. Northup’s first person account, was a dramatic story in the national debate over slavery that took place in the nine years leading up to the start of the American Civil War. This edition is limited to 1,000 copies.

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  • ISBN: 9781772262971
  • Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0
  • Page count: 200
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The Author

Solomon Northup


Solomon Northup was born a free man in Saratogo Springs, New York in 1808. His father, Mintus, had been a slave in his early life in service to the Northup family. When Mintus’ master, Captain Henry Northup freed him in 1797, Mintus took the surname Northup as his own. Mintus was successful as a free man, meeting New York State’s property requirements for black male voters, and was one of the few African-American’s eligible to vote. Also, his children received a level of education that was considered high for blacks at that time.